Obituary: Margaret Dragon Krysiak, Business owner, Beloved Mother and Grandmother

Margaret Dragon Krysiak of Ashburn, Va., who lived with her family on Hillcrest Road in East Aurora from 1954 until 1970, died peacefully at home from natural causes on Wednesday, December 16.

Obituary: Denis H. Funseth, Former Principal, Treasured Father and Grandfather

Denis H. Funseth, a former resident of Elma, died peacefully in his West Seneca home on Monday, December 14 after a long illness.

Obituary: John M, Becker, Lifelong Farm Laborer, Cherished Family Man

John M. Becker, a resident of Silver Springs known as Johnnie, died peacefully at home with his granddaughter at his side on Wednesday, December 9.

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Land Conservancy Awarded Grant from State

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Land Trust Alliance last week announced approximately $2.2 million in Conservation Partnership Program grants for 50 nonprofit land trusts across the state. A total of $268,393 was awarded to land trusts in the Western New York/Finger Lakes/Southern Tier regions, including a $50,000 Transaction Grant to the Western New York […]

Wales Wraps up Meetings for the Year

The Wales Town Board met for the final time in 2020 on Dec. 8 passing a new town law and approving a new meeting schedule for next year. The new law was created in an effort to maintain the rural community feeling, and it amended two zoning codes.  The first modification states that new or updated development projects must complement […]

Site Plan Approved for Renovations to Dilapidated Building in Village

The corner of East Fillmore Avenue and Riley Street will see enhancements in the near future as a plan was approved for fixing a run-down building on site.  The East Aurora Village Board accepted the mixed-use development plan for 636 East Fillmore Avenue. The plan calls for overhauling the storage building to create a mixed-use area on the first floor, […]

Column: Night Sky at Christmas

As the globe watched the two planetary worlds of Jupiter and Saturn align with the winter solstice earlier this week – a mere coincidence for the shortest daylight day of the year – animals and fish and birds were seemingly unaware of the grand celestial event. As an early bird riser for the last seven decades or so, and like […]

Erie County Parks Ready For Winter Recreation


The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation & Forestry is prepared to offer a full slate of family-friendly winter activities at county parks once measurable, lasting snow arrives and dipping temperatures provide the consistent cold and freezing conditions necessary to support winter fun.  Activities including sledding, cross-country and downhill skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing can be enjoyed in various Erie County […]

Miller Family Joins Constantino, Felton, Lamond in Music Hall of Fame

Note: This is the fourth in a series of four stories about the latest class to be honored with induction into the Greater East Aurora Music Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020 includes Dave Constantino, Brad Felton, Joe Lamond and the Miller Family. With everything still on hold until we get the pandemic under control, the […]